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Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single hopped with Citra.

Added by largadeer on 03-07-2011

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: 1 finger of tight tan head with good retention. Clear ruby-brown. Good looking and great head.
S: Caramel, lime, lactose, nice diacetyl butteriness.
T: Toasty adn tasty with big hop bite in the finish (for a brown). Very sweet aftertaste. Nicely balanced. A little too peaty in the finish.
M: Full, rich, a tad phlegm inducing.
O: Totally great brown. I'd buy 6 and order another. Thanks Anchor!

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Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown pour with a tan foam that foams high and settles fast. Patchy lacing in the glass.

S - Malty scent that is very earthy. A very simple smell that while it is nice, really doesn't offer much else.

T - Strong flavors of dark malt are the first thing that I taste. There is some residual bitterness, but it gave htis beer a bit of a feel like an ESB. A slight roasty feel is present.

M - Its an easy drinking brown ale, but tends to bee a bit too malt-forward.

O - This beer is both special and limited becuase of how simple it is. If you like a malty brown ale this is a pretty solid choice. But that's really all it has to offer.

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a decent foam, with a deep brown colour with a somewhat cloudy aspect.
It has a predominantly smell of aromatic hops. And it has a sweet biscuit taste from malt, with dark fruits and some nuts. All under a smoked base and plenty of hops. Another interesting brew from Anchor. Worth it a try.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap.

Arrived in a pint glass a clear dark brown with a smallish head.

Aroma was heavy on the roast with a lot of dark chocolate and toasted malt. Some espresso aroma as well.

Flavor was a touch tart with dark fruit in addition to the roast characteristics. Dark chocolate and espresso round out the flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a lingering sweetness but it compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

Overall, a decent brown ale and a solid brew from Anchor.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Agent1
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium to light brown color, with orange/ red hues. Nice lacing. This is not quite as dark compared to other Brown Ales available. Head retention is decent, and is slightly beige in appearance. Small, soft bubbles.

Smell - Beautiful, roasted malts with candied nuts and toffee jump out right away. A faint breadiness is also noticeable on the nose. This may be where this beer stands out. The citra hops offer up an aroma of flowers and lemon. Quite nice.

Taste - Butterscotch, burnt/ toasted nuts, sourdough, coffee, subtle biscuit malts, herbs and spices (all mixed together, this is hard to pin-point) and a dry finish of baker's chocolate. Fairly acidic, due to the citra hops. The citra hops bring out all of the sour notes in this beer, but at the same time, keep it light and fruity. A somewhat piney aftertaste. Despite all the sugars, this beer is quite yeasty, too.

Mouthfeel - Not a very active beer, yet it strikes a reasonable balance between being properly carbonated and thick enough to grab your attention as a Brown. Definitely a lighter-bodied ale compared to most others in its style. Does not stimulate the entire palate. Fairly light and a bit empty.

Overall - The citra hops really makes Anchor's Brekle stand out in its class. Not the most sophisticated or even balanced Brown Ale, yet it still is remarkably drinkable and not too heavy on the palate. Although I still enjoyed this beer, I would not go out of my way to look for it again. Perhaps one day when I feel like reminding myself of this ale, I might pick another one up. Overall, a lighter-bodied brown without much character, aside from the great use of citra hops. But still a fun one to try!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear deep amber, not much carbonation, two finger off white head

S-Overly malty, some grass, caramel and candied sugar, no hops.

T-Malty mess, candied sugar, overly sweet, no balance or hops.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, a little on the watery side.

O-A poor beer, I am disappointed in this one, was expecting a lot better from Anchor.

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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a huge, thick, brown head that has good retention

S - bready, nutty, caramel, fruity, citrusy

T - citrusy, sweet, bitter, nutty, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an incredibly hoppy brown ale. The hops come through first followed by a typical brown ale maltiness. It's sweet and citrusy which is a bit odd for the style . It's complex and highly drinkable and ultimately enjoyable if not a bit strange and unique. It's worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Holy crap... what a massive head! Or maybe I just poured it too soon and too fast after popping the cap. The somewhat soft brown liquid below it was fairly cloudy.

S: I got sort of a citrusy sourness wrapped up in licorice, figs, and brown sugar. Odd, yet pleasant.

T: Seriously, the overall taste profile very much resemble their Christmas Ale (but without the evergreen notes). I almost got some farmhouse funk imbedded in the butterscotch candy. Odd for sure.

M: While I appreciated this as a brown ale with an attitude, I didn't find it very drinkable due to its flavor (spice) combinations. The carbonation was good and the lacing was ridiculous.

O: No beer have I tried in the last year has generated more "back and forth" activity than this one for me, but due to its low drinkability, I'll just say, "Drink with an open mind."

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark, yet transparent reddish brown. Head is minimal and tan. Bubbly and frothy. Leaves unconnected lace rings.

S: Cocoa, citrus , crackers, a little spice and caramel are the things that pop out here.

T: Immediate strange twang of tart sting that is not pleasing. The back of the beer is sweet, and bitter with some light but lingering citrus notes with elements of bakers chocolate, nuts, and burnt caramel. But that strange initial taste kinda of kills it here.

M: Light and watery. Soft carbonation. Not much else to note.

O: Not a fan and an Anchor disappointment

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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"2011" - quite a vague description for a bottling date. 12 fl oz sleek brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass. Acquired as part of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Culver City a few hours ago. It was about $8.99 if I recall correctly. Expectations are above average; this brewery has some good stuff. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The pour went fine. No beer shooting out upon open or other problems.

A: Pours a four finger head of khaki colour, some nice cream, generally good thickness, great retention, and decent lacing. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque chestnut with amber hues. The head looks pretty appealing with its rolling smooth foam. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style. Could be a bit more vibrant.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I notice - mainly flora, evoking the preservative character simultaneously. Clean evocative notes add the body. Maybe slight biscuit malt. Some caramel. A nutty quality. Hops are dominant, but the aroma is balanced. Moderate in strength.

T: Citra does really well in this brew, adding extra depth whilst not infringing on the balance. Some light subtle nut flavours are here, as is subtle caramel as well as full-bodied well selected malts. Very interesting for a brown ale. Some cream in the late second act. I quite like it for what it is. Not horribly complex, but nonetheless intriguing. Pretty well balanced. I like it.

Mf: Nicely creamy for a brown ale. Smooth and wet but not too much so on either count. Suits the flavours nicely. It does come off a bit thin to its detriment.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from excellent. Its relative simplicity holds it back. There's little here that's particularly bold or experimental, but its subtle enough in its execution to merit attention. I'd try it on draught at the right price. It's priced fairly out of the bottle. I wouldn't recommend it to friends but it's a nice little brown ale. Give her a go if you fancy. Hides its ABV nicely.

A poor candidate for aging.

High C+

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2.52/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2YX (Whatev that means)

Pours a nice cinnamon brown with some etched surface foam that is oat colored. Smells of toasted oats, some malt syrup, smacks cereal, and bit of cardboard. Smells sweet. Flavor is toasted and sweet oats, some cola, some bakin soda flavors. The body on this is surprisingly empty with carb and an off dry finish. I’m not impressed ewith this beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick, 3 finger light tan head. Good retention. Resulting lace is consistent with a touch of stickiness.

Smell - Lots of nutty character, brown sugar and roasted malty goodness. Subtle note of citrus hops.

Taste - Starts with brown sugar sweetness and a bit of roasted nut, like chestnut or pecan, followed by subtle hints of toffee or caramel. There's a lurking citrus character lying beneath from start to finish, but you have to look for it... comes out a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This is a really, really good brown. Fairly bold. Good balance despite the citrus hop character being hidden at colder temp. I'm not big on browns, but I'd definitely buy this one again, several times over.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 863 ratings
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